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German sailor shot dead by pirates in the Caribbean

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Wallilabou in St. Vincent where the German man was shot by pirates. Photo: roser gibert/Flickr Creative Commons.
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A German man visiting Saint Vincent in the Caribbean was killed by pirates - in a cove where the movie Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed.

The German Foreign Ministry confirmed to The Local on Tuesday that a German man died while in the island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and that three others were also injured.

Local Caribbean media reported that the man who died and those injured were on board a yacht in Wallilabou Bay. At about 1.35am on Friday, two masked and armed pirates came onto the vessel, newspaper Barbados Today reported.

Broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk identified the man who died as sailor Martin G. from Sennfeld, Bavaria. The yacht's captain, who was also German, was injured and the pirates stole cash and credit cards on the yacht.

Martin G., 48, had reportedly been on vacation with his wife and two children. 

A German Foreign Ministry spokesman told The Local that German embassies and consulates in the area have been working with local authorities and that those injured are now "out of danger".

Wallilabou Bay and Falls are popular tourist destinations and several scenes from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean were filmed at the scenic location.

St. Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves expressed "revulsion" about the killing of the German father of two, promising on local radio to write to Chancellor Angela Merkel himself, according to Barbados Today.

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"I have seen the other persons who were on the yacht and I have expressed to them our profound sorrow and, on behalf of the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, to say to them how sad we are at this event and that they are in our thoughts and our prayers," he said.

"This is a terrible, terrible stain on our country; and this criminal act by these two masked intruders disturbing the tranquility of persons on the yachts."

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